Shaquille O’Neal holds the record for biggest total purchase in Walmart history. Shaq spent $70,000 in one stop at Walmart in 2008.
The world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, is over 380ft (115.8m) tall. It was discovered in 2006 in California’s Redwood National Park, but to prevent damage, its exact location remains a secret.
The brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.
In 1867, Van Zandt County, located in northeast Texas, decided to secede from the United States, as well as Texas. While celebrating their newfound independence, many citizens became intoxicated, and the U.S. Army easily regained control.
During the Great Depression, a prominent attorney flipped $2 (inflation adjusted $31) into $100,000 ($1,500,000). He then proceeded to award the money to the woman who could give birth to the most amount of kids in the following decade.
Marshmallows originated from ancient Egyptians that would use the mallow plant that grew in marshes to create candy to soothe sore throats. The roots of the mallow plant would create a gooey substance that was boiled and mixed with honey to create “marsh mallows”.
The best-selling living author, Danielle Steel, has received “a resounding lack of critical acclaim” for her 179 books. In her romance novels, she draws from her experiences of having been married 5 times to financiers, ex-convicts, and a vintner, and having 9 children.
Actor Lance Henriksen was illiterate until the age of 30, when he received his first acting role. For his first role, he also put the entire script to tape with the help of a friend, learning everyone’s part in addition to his own.
There was a paramilitary socialist group in Canada in the 1960s that wanted to overthrow their provincial government with an armed revolution. The only peace time use of Canada’s War Measures Act was to stop them. The group was in contact with the KGB, and the top members were exiled to Cuba.
Neil Harbisson has an antenna permanency attached/implanted into his skull, which allows him to feel colors, receive data from the internet and satellites, and much more. He is considered the world’s first cyborg. In 2010, he co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that defends cyborg rights, promotes cyborg art and supports people who want to become cyborgs.
In 2004, a woman’s steel chastity belt triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She continued her flight to London on the pilot’s authority.
The CEO of Levi’s says that you are never supposed to wash your jeans. Instead, spot clean them with a toothbrush, or toss them into a freezer.